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Kansas City – Danny Edwards

Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue is located at 2900 SW Blvd. in Kansas City and is one of the city’s iconic barbecue joints. Danny’s father started Jake’s Barbecue during the late 1930’s and Danny started his own place in 1980. After a few name and location changes he wound up at his current location, where he has been since 2007.

Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue is open Monday through Saturday from 11-3 only, so the clientele is often made up of area workers, who are quick to fill the place up.  I suggest arriving early in order to get a good seat. This place offers all the traditional meats and sides you would expect to find in a Kansas City style barbecue joint. For pork lovers, this means meaty ribs, ham, and pulled pork, all of which can be ordered by the plate or on a sandwich. (See the menu here.)

If you are not familiar with this area of Kansas City, but you love great food, you owe it to yourself to spend some time on Southwest Boulevard. This area is also home to Rosedale Barbeque (another Kansas City classic) and El Patron along with several other great Mexican restaurants.  Additionally, this neighborhood is very close to the Crossroads District, one of the area’s most popular food, arts, and entertainment centers.  Check it out next time you are in Kansas City.

Shawnee – Blind Box BBQ

Recently I had the pleasure of trying a new BBQ place here in the KC metro called Blind Box BBQ. It’s pretty easy to find if you’re in the area, as it is about 2.5 miles east of I-435, located off Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm, in the Mill Creek Shopping Center. (3214 w 62nd Terrace, Shawnee)

People had been mostly raving about it online so I was pretty excited to get up there and try it out. I must say, if you enjoy lots of drink options, a lively atmosphere, and a nice clean place to eat, you maybe should be interested in Blind Box. I should also mention that the food was excellent.

I had the Combo #1 from the menu which included pork sausage and pork ribs, along with burnt ends and 2 sides. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich and my daughter had a ham sandwich (not pictured). I sampled the meat from both of their sandwiches and though it was awesome. The ham really stood out to me for some reason. It was way above average as far as ham goes in KC BBQ places! On my plate I found the ribs to be cooked perfectly and the sausage to be made with good quality meat and seasoned about right. The sides we had (onion straws, fries, beans) were all very, very good too.

I really wish I lived closer to Blind Box because it’s the type of place I could see myself going to regularly, but I do live close enough that I will for sure be back pretty soon to start trying some more of the menu items.

Kansas City – The North End KC

 

The North End KC, located at 910 E. 5th St in Kansas City, is rapidly gaining in popularity. In fact most of the reviews for this place are pretty stellar.  As the name implies, the restaurant and bar is located just north of the downtown area, in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood, an area with heavy Italian influence. In fact, the entire building is pretty noticeable, as it is painted with the colors of the Italian flag. The building is the former home of the La Sala Deli, and according to the North End website, has been an eatery of some sort for 90 years.

The North End has a menu with a lot of variety and they offer delivery.  Much of their recent popularity relates to their weekend specials. With this in mind, fellow blogger Mike and I had to check the place out. We ordered two of their pork offerings including the giant pork tenderloin and a sandwich called the trap, which includes capacola, genoa salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, and is topped with giardiniera.

According to Wikipedia, “The Italian version (of giardiniera) includes bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower and gherkins. The pickled vegetables are marinated in oil, red- or white-wine vinegar, herbs and spices.”

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical of the salad on my sandwich at first, but I’ll be honest with you, it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever tried. If you find yourself near downtown Kansas City, it’s worth the short trip to the North End KC for the trap!